A fun game, plus science advancement.
We recently set up a Foldit competition between gamers, undergraduate students and professional scientists. The winner might surprise you – and offer important possibilities for scientific research.
It is important to clean bird baths regularly.
Bird baths are more than just ornamental splash pools. They're also a site where animals socialise and intense rivalries play out. And bird bath design, location and cleanliness can have a big impact.
It’s not easy to find wildlife in a country as vast as Australia.
Scientists are calling for your help this National Science Week to identify Australian wildlife.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
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More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
Imagine where working together on open data can get us?
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This method of crowdsourcing science legwork is ready to expand into other disciplines – and maybe the amateurs themselves can start calling some of the shots.
Science communication puts research under the microscope.
Science communication has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 60 years. It plays a crucial role in democratising science and making it less mysterious.
The new discovery: The C-shaped “wide angle tail galaxy” (pink) surrounded by the galaxies of the Matorny-Terentev cluster (white).
The find by citizen scientists of at least 40 galaxies in a cluster more than a billion light years away is the astronomical equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
Straw-necked ibis gather to breed.
Bird feathers can tell us a lot about their owners and the places they visit.
All that computer power will still need a helping hand from our uniquely human expertise.
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Computers are getting better and better at the jobs that previously made sense for researchers to outsource to citizen scientists. But don't worry: there's still a role for people in these projects.
Can a galaxy (like NGC 3810 in this case) have a classical spiral structure and also be already dead?
ESA/Hubble and NASA
Extragalactic astrophysicists want to know how and why galaxies stop forming stars, change their shape and fade away. With help from citizen scientists, they're figuring it out.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research.
A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.
There goes some precious DNA….
Researchers want your canine's DNA to help unravel the connections between genes and behavior – for dogs and human beings.
Tens of millions of smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa have a stake in improving the health of the soil their cattle graze on.
Africa’s soil crisis calls for quick and creative action. This includes deepening farmers' knowledge about soil microbes.
People throughout Africa can play a part in the work of the Square Kilometre Array even if they are not scientists.
Citizen science will ensure that the skies have no limit when it comes to research, as ordinary people are encouraged to take part in simple acts of exploration.
Secretary birds are identified by South Africa’s early warning system as being fast headed towards extinction.
Early warning systems are available for things like tsunamis and diseases. Why not for animals as well?
There are so many galaxies, you can write with them!
It’s National Science Week and this year the annual citizen science project run by ABC Science is astronomy-themed. No guesses for knowing that I’m excited about that! It’s also a nod to 2015 being the…
From disease spreaders to scientists.
Convincing the public to not just take part in but to design and run research programmes is providing new behavioural insights for doctors.
Rapid changes in technology are transforming the contributions ordinary citizens can make to scientific research.
You looking at me?
Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That's what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savanna camera traps in Tanzania.
Despite the high concentration of sharks in Cocos, some species have declined in number – a signal on the effectiveness of marine preserves.
Genna Marie Robustelli
Divers at the famed Cocos site off Costa Rica record declines in a number of shark species – a sign that marine preserves are limited protection against illegal fishing.